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How to install Yosemite on a USB 3.0 flash drive | Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004

How to install Yosemite on a USB 3.0 flash drive | Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004.

How to use the OS X character viewer – CNET

The keyboard offers a number of common characters for the language layout you have chosen, especially when you use modifier keys such as Shift, Command, and Option to invoke alternative character sets; however, while those that are mapped to various keys are common, they are only a minor subset of the characters that are available for you to use when composing documents.

via How to use the OS X character viewer – CNET.

Google 2 Step Authentication — The Gadgeteer

Google 2 step authentication works on 2 things, something you know – your password – and something you have – your phone/tablet.

It’s easy to turn on from your Google Account Settings

via Google 2 Step Authentication Review — The Gadgeteer.

How to: Enable Dropbox Two-Step Authentication — The Gadgeteer

After a security breach with Dropbox, they’ve now given you the option of adding two-step authentication to your account.  The two-step authentication codes can be obtained via SMS, Google Authenticator, Amazon’s AWS MFA, and Windows 7 Authenticator.

via How to: Enable Dropbox Two-Step Authentication — The Gadgeteer.

Avoid triggering Hot Corners accidentally – Mac OS X Hints

Many of us use Hot Corners (accessed from System Preferences -> Mission Control or System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Savers) to trigger various actions. On my Mac, slamming the mouse to the bottom right corner reveals the desktop; the bottom left corner triggers Mission Control. You can also use the corners to trigger things like Notification Center, Launchpad, starting a screen saver, or putting your display to sleep.

But anyone who uses Hot Corners (which OS X refers to interchangeably as Active Screen Corners) triggers those mouse-controlled shortcuts accidentally sometimes. The solution is this: When you’re choosing a Hot Corner setting from one of the drop-down menus, hold down your preferred modifier key or keys. You’ll see the options change from, say, Mission Control to Option Mission Control” instead.

From then on, your corner will only work when you’re also holding down the modifier key(s) you specified. Now, trips to the Apple menu won’t trigger your Hot Corner shortcut—unless you’re pressing your selected modifier key, too.

via Avoid triggering Hot Corners accidentally – Mac OS X Hints.

Aptonic Software – Dropzone

Dropzone makes it faster and easier to get things done on your Mac

Drag a file onto the menu item and your fully customizable grid of destinations flies smoothly out using core animation.

Drop the file onto a destination and Dropzone will take care of the rest. Whether you’re installing an app, uploading a file to an FTP server or sharing your photos on Flickr.

via Aptonic Software – Dropzone.

FoldingText — Plain text productivity for geeks

Plain text productivity for geeks. As you type, FoldingText auto-formats your document into sections, lists, and paragraphs. Fold sections to see the big picture. Focus to see the details.

via FoldingText — Plain text productivity for geeks.

Use multiple drives with Time Machine – Mac OS X Hints

If you go to the Time Machine System Preference and click on Select Disk, if you already have a disk set as your backup and you select a second disk, you are presented with a dialog asking if you want to delete the current disk or use both disks for Time Machine. You are told that if you us both disks, Time Machine will take turns backing up to both disks. Nice touch to allow backups at work and home to happen at the same time!

[kirkmc adds: This is one of the features that Apple mentioned about Time Machine in Mountain Lion. The backups rotate, and you can either use disks at home and at work, or even two disks in the same place if you are paranoid about backups (as I am).]

via Use multiple drives with Time Machine – Mac OS X Hints.

Set up Mountain Lions text expansion options | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Lifehacker has a simple look at how to set up Mountain Lions built-in text expansion or, as Apple calls it, "substitution" options. In System Preferences, under Language and Text, you can go in and set up any number of text shortcuts that will expand into commonly-used phrases and words.

via Set up Mountain Lions text expansion options | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

Encrypt any disk in Mountain Lion | Macworld

One of the more interesting—and less visible—new features in Mountain Lion is the ability to encrypt almost any disk. OS X has long offered the ability to encrypt your startup disk using Apple’s FileVault, but Mountain Lion extends this feature to other disks, even to simple USB flash drives. Here is an overview of how this feature works, how you can encrypt and decrypt a disk, and what options you have when doing so.

via Encrypt any disk in Mountain Lion | Macworld.